Economic Development is Interdisciplinary

  • Salim Rashid


The dominant theory of economic development espoused today, particularly by the World Bank, is a bandaged version of neoclassicism. The neoclassical economist takes a people’s preferences, endowments and technology as given datum and then seeks to allocate the given endowments optimally to suit the given preferences subject to the constraints of technology. (On several occasions hereafter, I will refer to those who hold to these views as the primary source of their policy proposals as the ‘necons’) It has often been remarked that the whole point of development economics is to change those given preferences and that old technology. The failure of the neoclassical view is visible in its inability to understand the phenomenon of East Asia, let alone predict the “East Asian Miracle” (or the subsequent financial crisis); it is suggested by the frequent references to “Technology” as the sustainer of growth, while economists find themselves unable to say anything useful on this fundamental issue.


Economic Development Human Nature Neoclassical Economist National Wealth Christian Theology 
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  • Salim Rashid
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  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA

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